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A Study on Local Records Management in Japan : Focusing on the Enactment of Records Management Ordinance and the Improvement of Archives

  • The Korean Journal of Archival Studies
  • 2016, (50), pp.389-423
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Archival Studies
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science

KyoungYong, YI 1

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims at examining the local records management under the influence of the Public Archives Act established in 2009 through a case study of prefectures and large cities with prefectural level dominions in Japan. The records management in local government has been carried out on the basis of ‘the document management rule’ in administrative agencies without the public archives management law. Modification of laws and ordinances in relation with records and archives management and reorganization of archives are proceeding to realize ‘proper records management’ in local government. Even if the content and levels are varied due to the situational conditions of local governments, the unitary records management system covering ‘current and non-current’ records is being adopted through the establishment of records management ordinances. In the process, local archives are pursuing strengthening and extension of their authorities and functions on records management. In addition, it is identified that observation of the provisions of records management ordinance is reinforced with public announcement of retention schedule and operation of public records management committees. These changes in local governments reflect the thought that administrative records are the intellectual property of the public and the intent of the law that accountability for the public should be achieved through the proper records management.

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